Eligibility & Team Formats

Player Eligibility for Regional Tournaments

9-Ball Championships

Every player must pay the annual sanctioning fees ($15 to BCA Pool League [BCAPL/CSI] and $15 to Western BCA [WBCA]) by joining a properly sanctioned Western BCA league and be in good standing with their league, BCAPL/CSI and Western BCA.

"NEW" players: If you did not play in the league year just ended (2015-2016), you must play at least 8 calendar weeks in a regularly scheduled league session in one division in one league in the current league year beginning June 1, 2016 and before the event's entry deadline (approx. five weeks prior to the event).

RETURNING league players who played and qualified in the previous league year (2015-2016) must:

  • Play at least 8 calendar weeks in a regularly scheduled league session in one division in one league in the previous league year (2015-2016) or in the current league year (2016-2017) prior to the entry deadline and must play a minimum of three games in a match in order for that week to qualify as a calendar week.
  • Pay the annual dues described above for the current league year (2016-2017)
  • Update their personal information with a sanctioned Western BCA League Operator at the time dues are paid.

Senior Singles

To be eligible to play in Senior Singles Divisions at any WBCA Regional Tournament you must be 60 years of age as of the first day of tournament play. Masters may not play in any Senior event. Any Master player who has successfully petitioned to be reclassified as an Open Player cannot play in Seniors until that player has played in two regional events as an open player. The Men's and Women's Senior Singles champions at each regional event will be moved to the Men'sA and Women'sA or B divisions respectively for a period of two years after winning the Senior Division. If they do not advance to the Master Division during that time, they can petition the Competition Committee to play in the Senior Division.

Juniors

Western BCA offers junior players under 21 years of age the opportunity to play in Regional Tournaments. The eligibility requirements are the same as for any other entrant. Juniors must check the box indicating that they are a "junior" on the entry form(s) and provide their birthdate. They will be issued a wristband that identifies them as a minor when entering the tournament room and must wear at all times. Juniors may not go into the gaming areas or anywhere that alcohol is served with the exception of the tournament rooms. Failure to declare yourself a junior (please carry picture ID at all times, you may be asked to verify your age) will result in disqualification and removal from the tournament area. Any attempt to procure and/or consume alcohol or gamble will result in your immediate expulsion from the tournament and tournament venue and could result in legal action being taken.

Team Formats

Western BCA reserves the right to make any team division a round-robin based on the number of entries. With the exception of Master teams in 8-ball, all players on a team must qualify and be sanctioned through the same Western BCA league.

9-Ball Teams (3-person)

Each three-person team can have one Master or Grandmaster player except the Men'sB/Mixed Team division. Only Men'sB and Women's Open players can play in the MMBT division. All players must qualify and be sanctioned through the same Western BCA league. There are no Master division team events.

9-Ball & 8-Ball Mixed Scotch Doubles

Master Division: Teams may consist of any two (one male and one female) qualified and sanctioned Western BCA players. There can only be one Grandmaster on any Master Scotch Doubles team. If you are a master in search of a scotch partner, you may post on Western BCA's facebook page the details of your search.

Open Division: Both players must qualify and be sanctioned through the same Western BCA league. The 1st place Open Mixed scotch Doubles team will not be allowed to play in the Open Mixed Scotch Doubles division for two years following their win. If they wish to play together, they must play in the Master Mixed Scotch Doubles Division.